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Honey-Ginger Cough Syrup

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Like many households, we are passing around various winter bugs with their share of fevers, aches, sniffles, sneezes and coughs.

The recipe for getting better in our house is lots of homemade, pasture-raised chicken broth, Netflix videos, and one or two of my favorite homemade cold soothers. This homemade honey ginger cough syrup is simple and fast to make, and delivers quick relief to dry coughs, and sore and scratchy throats.

In a study comparing honey, dextromethorphan, and no treatment, honey was found to be a superior and preferable treatment for the cough and sleep difficulty associated with childhood upper respiratory tract infection.

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lemon, ginger and a glass jar of honey on a wooden table

Honey-Ginger Cough Syrup

This honey-ginger throat salve brings quick, natural soothing to sore throats and coughs.
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CourseFood Medicine
CuisineHerbal Remedy
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Servings1 Tablespoon


  • 1 2-inch knob fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey (Do not give honey to infants under the age of 1.)


  • Peel, then finely grate ginger into a small bowl.
  • Squeeze grated ginger through a fine mesh sieve (or just use your fingers) to release about 1 teaspoon of juice. Discard pulp.
  • Mix the teaspoon of fresh ginger juice thoroughly into the tablespoon of honey.
  • Take the syrup right away, swallowing slowly and deliberately. 
  • Take 2-3 times a day, as needed to soothe sore throat and dry coughing.


Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 17g

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Dawn Gifford

Dawn Gifford

Dawn is the creator of Small Footprint Family, and the author of the critically acclaimed Sustainability Starts at Home - How to Save Money While Saving the Planet. After a 20-year career in green building and environmental sustainability, chronic illness forced her to shift her expertise and passion from the public sphere to home and hearth. Get the whole story behind SFF here.


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Recipe Rating

  • Thank you for this great tutorial. I am able to prepare my first homemade soar throat syrup using your guide. I’m really excited about this. Thanks for sharing.

  • I love ginger and honey, so healthy, and great for sore throats too. I remember as a child I would always love honey and ginger cough sweets my mother bought

  • Can I use raw honey for the onion garlic ginger cough syrup instead of cane sugar? Also can I add lemon, cinnamon, clove, and or pineapple?!
    Will it still last 6 months unrefrigerated?

  • Personally, I drink a lot of tea with ginger, lemon and honey to get rid of cough. It helps to soothe sore throat. Next time I will definitely try your cough syrup, thanks for sharing!

  • I made the vapor salve this morning – not sure if I’ll like it only because I used cocoa butter (with a little coconut oil to help keep it a bit softer) as my base. It has such a strong scent and mixes kind of strangely with these essential oils. I think a more subtle base would be better next time….but just used what I had:)

  • Thanks for posting the vapour rub recipe. As a little girl (some 50+ years ago) we used to each winter make our vapour rub recipe when someone was overcome by the flu. Your post has made me go down memory lane and as we’re in the middle of winter here (Aust) it certainly will be put to use. I can remember we used to use camphor (in a solid state) that we had to melt in the petroleum jelly. Many thanks once again.

  • My understanding is that putting vapor rubs on the bottoms of your feet helps because the skin is soft and the blood vessels are close to the skin making absorption easier. Plain old athletic socks will work as they are mostly to keep the vapor rub from rubbing off on everything else. My dad even remembers having vapor rub applied to his throat and then a wool sock wrapped around and secured with a safety pin!

  • This is a beautiful website! I love your ideas.. you should check out my website and perhaps you can guest post on it? I am now a follower too! Found you on Monday Mania. I posted the Asian Lettuce Wraps.. ~Dr. Lisa

  • These are amazing. How brilliant. My husband wouldn’t touch anything that resembles medicine but he would take this all natural cough syrup made  from foods he eats all the time. I got into drinking thyme, camomile, ginger and honey tea last time I was feeling well. Yours would be a power house of healing. Thanks for sharing this with us at Whole Food Wednesdays. I hope to see you back next week.

  • Found you on Frugal Days, love these ideas! Just wanted to share the love. Wish I had them last week when our entire house was sick, ugh. I’ll be keeping these for future use.

  • In the 2nd recipe I wonder if you could substitute honey for the dehydrated cane syrup. As beekeepers, we always have honey on hand. LOL   I like that the recipes can be made in advance and kept for long periods or indefinitely. Great post, I definitely want to give these a try.

    • The granulated sugar has a chemical infusion reaction with the other ingredients, so I’m not sure how honey would be able to do the same thing. That said, honey is great for sore throats, so you might want to give it a try and see if it works!

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